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Lev’s The Last of Us Part II actor wants to reprise role in HBO show

In an interview with Insider during the red carpet event for Disney’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series, nonbinary actor Ian Alexander confirmed that they hope to reprise their role as trans man Lev in the second season of HBO’s The Last of Us live action series.

“I was just so grateful that I was able to be a part of that franchise and I’m so excited that we got picked up for season two,” Alexander told Insider. “My fingers are crossed that I get to reprise my role as Lev.”

According to Insider, Alexander was wearing a subtle The Last of Us pin during the interview, enforcing their commitment to the series. In The Last of Us Part II, Alexander plays Lev, a young trans man who is on the run from his religious sect — the Seraphites — with his sister. We as players meet Lev while playing as Abby; she encounters the siblings during her own run-in with the Seraphites and ends up helping them. After feeling guilty about leaving the teen siblings behind to fend for themselves, Abby returns to find Lev’s sister Yara terribly injured, which leaves her and Lev to find aid. During their time together, we learn about Lev’s past, including that his mother was abusive towards him for his gender identity, and that his community wanted to force him into a heterosexual marriage with a cisgender man, which is what ultimately led to the siblings fleeing their home.

Lev’s character model is based on Alexander, as the actor did motion capture to help create the 13-year old trans boy. With that in mind, it would certainly make sense for Alexander to resume the role in the live action show, as they are the actual model for what Lev looks and sounds like. As the first season of the show has stayed fairly faithful to the events of The Last of Us Part I, it seems likely that the second season will follow the sequel. Both Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin have discussed the next season briefly, hinting that it will likely cover the second game in some way, even if that way has yet to be determined thanks to the sheer scope of the sequel’s storyline.

Ty Galiz-Rowe

Ty is Gayming Magazine's deputy editor and esports expert.